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To Move the Body to a Statement

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0037
To Move the Body to a Statement

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This chapter provides information on a Greek physician Galen, who is the most famous physician of the Roman Empire. He brought the Greek intellectual heritage with him to Rome and made a name for himself as a successful clinician. Marcus Aurelius appointed him as his personal physician. A prolific author, Galen's writings were the source of his posthumous fame. He is said to have written at least four hundred texts. He took impulses from all perspectives known at the time but he pursued the reasoning of those who saw holes in the veil of plausibility. He rigorously pursued reality as the basis of his medical interpretations. The knowledge of anatomical details and simple functional processes in the body that Galen discovered through his experiments did not lead him to the holistic view of the organism that is adopted today. Much of what Galen discovered is still considered to be true and valid.

Keywords: Roman Empire; Greek physician; Galen's writings; medical interpretations; anatomical details; functional processes

Chapter.  880 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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